July 4th – Ted Baker FRPS (Member)

 

Article and photography by Mal Holmes

Thursday 04/07/19

Tonight’s Society Meeting saw the start of our 2019 SUMMER season… as usual this season, gives a more relaxed part of the years presentation activities, as the Society gears up for its ‘Annual Exhibition’ at Liverpool Cathedral.

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The Society wait in anticipation, for Trevor & Ted’s presentation for the evening… and we were not to be disappointed !!!

Two of our more Senior Members, gave tonight’s easy going presentation…. with Trevor at the PC, and Ted supplying the ‘chat’… although Ted was showing selected works of the early French Masters of Photography such as Bresson, Doisneau and Brassai, and their compositional techniques… it was not until Ted, produced his own local work of Liverpool in the 1960’s onward that the Society marvelled at images long gone… as the city has evolved into what it is today…

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Ted showed many of his superb ‘street photography’ image of 1960’s onward… this image was his first image recognised by the Royal Photographic Society…

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Another of Ted’s Liverpool Life images of days gone by…

Ted has been an active street photographer around the city for many years now, and this genre of photography, has been a constant, running along side Ted’s other photographic interest…

I think it would be fair to say… that although we can pull up many of our members competition work from years gone by… it is only when we see the scenes of everyday life in the city, from a bygone era. that we all marvel, and reminisce over these images of past times..

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Just one of Ted’s historical records, of the city’s store… ‘Quiggins’… now long gone…

As part of this portion of Ted’s presentation, he took us into Quiggin’s…. a store which sold second-hand bric-a-brac items, over 4+ floors, which was closed when the ‘Liverpool ONE shopping complex came to the city… and this resulted in another piece of Liverpool’s rich history disappearing… However, Ted has recorded many of the aspects of’ Quiggins’, for the City’s historical record… many people ask me personally… “What should I take photos of?”… my personal reply is always… “take photos of everyday people and buildings around you… as in 25 years…. we will be in a different age, and many of the things you see today will be GONE ! “…

Ted finished off the evening by showing a selection of images from a recent visit to the USA… many of these images were taken on a ‘compact’ travel camera… and the quality was quite amazing and commented on…

it was a really enjoyable evening, from 2 extremely popular and knowledgeable long-term members of the Society which will be remembered for its lighted-hearted look at the city and its people from days gone by…. FANTASTIC !!!

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Trevor and Ted… enjoying a well-earned drink, in the bar after their super presentation.